Rana for promotion of heritage route
Post by RK News on Monday, March 27, 2023
Nagrota, March 26: Senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana Sunday said that promotion of the ancient heritage route to Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji Cave Shrine from Kol Kandoli Temple in Nagrota will bestow added spiritual bliss to pilgrims thronging from across the country and abroad and give renewed impetus to the Jammu economy.
Flagging off the annual Charri Yatra, being held under the aegis of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji Pracheen Marg Shrine Sanstha, from the historic heritage temple this morning amid Vedic Mantra and Bhaints of Maata, he said harnessing of the route has immense potential to give big fillip to the 24X7X365 pilgrimage, perhaps one of the biggest in the world.
The event was marked by offering of the ‘Mata Ki Chunri’, presented by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to the Sanastha at the Pratham Puja of the Yatra for the auspicious occasion.
Rana expressed his gratitude to the Lieutenant Governor, who is also Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, for evincing keen interest in the project report prepared by the Jammu Chapter of INTACH for restoration of the Pracheen Marg and passing on instructions to the administration for ensuring smooth arrangements for the yatra.
Interacting with the media persons, Rana stressed the need for exploring this route optimally in the backdrop of the INTACH report, prepared after carrying out detailed mapping of all the important heritage assets like step-wells, ponds, Sarais, wells, temples and springs along the trails, which were once used and maintained by the pilgrims.
“Apart from spiritual aspect of the yatra, the promotion of Pracheen Marg will bring Jammu under focus and transform the economy of the peripheries from the City up to the cave shrine”, he said, adding that the pilgrim tourism has sustained the economy of Jammu and Kashmir in general and this region in particular during most difficult times post nineties and promoting these destinations by ensuring world class infrastructural facilities will prove catalyst for economic boom in this part of the country.